Police make sure students are safe on Halloween

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BENNINGTON — Members of the Bennington Police Department visited two local schools on Friday, bringing gifts and advice for would-be trick-or-treaters.

Chief Paul Doucette, Cpl. David Faden, and Officer Scott Legacy visited Bennington Elementary School in the morning, and another group visited Molly Stark Elementary School in the afternoon.

The officers handed out bright yellow trick-or-treating bags, which Doucette said would make the students more visible and less at risk of being struck by vehicles on Halloween. The bags were paid for by the Bennington Police Association, to which BPD officers and civilian staff members contribute a small amount each paycheck to make community donations like this possible, said Doucette. He added that all of the officers that visited schools on Friday were volunteering their time, the department was not compensating them.

"It's important for the kids to see the police in a different light," he said.

Doucette asked the students what they were dressing up as, and so many were excited to tell him that he started asking the whole room about various costumes. When he asked if any of the students were going as police officers, every hand shot down. "Fire fighters?" A few hands went up. "How about clowns?" This time, Doucette raised Legacy's hand, drawing a laugh from some of the adults in the room.

After the kids had settled down from the introductions, Doucette stressed to them the importance of never trick-or-treating alone, avoiding houses that are dark or who you don't know, and making sure that you are accompanied by an adult. "Don't let mom and dad stay home and watch Netflix!" he said.

"Glow sticks," he said, holding one up for the group, "are great for visibility! Just make sure you don't take them to bed at the end of the night. You'll wake up with a glowing personality."

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB


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